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Mental Health Awareness Week – Be Aware

Mental Health Awareness Week - Be Aware  |  Lucille Femine
Originally Published in the Las Vegas Guardian Express on 11 October, 2013
Reprinted with written permission of author

Lucille Femine

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Oct 6th through the 12th. , a national event every year. So what exactly should people become aware of?

To make this campaign much more meaningful, some facts can be made available which will increase awareness regarding mental health and which deserve to be kept in mind indefinitely, not just for a week.

A major part of the mental health industry is controlled by psychiatry and the drug companies – that’s the significant, overall piece of awareness that should be known and disseminated. They work very hard to take over the whole field and their main tool, above all others, is drugs.

Starting with the military, since they have the most startling statistics, one piece of data everyone should be aware of is: according to the Center for Public Integrity, 49,000 veterans killed themselves between 2005 and 2011 while on psychiatric medication. That figure is more than double the rate for civilians.

According to the American Statesman, $2.7 billion was spent by the military on antidepressants and $1.6 billion on narcotic painkillers over the ten years.

Dr. Caplan, who wrote When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, is an opponent of medication dependency, saying the drug companies are hiding the fact that their drugs increase the risk of suicide or homicide. That pretty much goes opposite of awareness, doesn’t it?

Adding to the danger, soldiers and veterans quite often get a cocktail of drugs including anti-depressants, anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety and others with no real monitoring of how that dangerous combination and dosage is affecting them – and they do quite seriously. An army report in 2011 said 35 percent of soldiers nationwide were addicted to drugs; the main objective in prescribing so much medication to soldiers is to keep them propped up so they can continue, not to cure them of anything.

That’s some awareness for Mental Health Week regarding what is going on with our soldiers and veterans.

Moving on to the general public, one of the main pieces of false information one should be aware of regarding mental health is that mental illness is the result of a chemical imbalance. There is no such thing and many psychiatrists will freely admit to this, saying they have not been able to prove it, even though they have spent billions trying to convince the public that it does exist. It’s simply a ploy by the drug companies to sell more drugs.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has put together a list of drug side effects which the psychiatric industry does not want anyone to know about. But in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, we need to know about it, right? In that regard, this data as well as much more can be found at cchr.org.

Here’s a piece of awareness for parents:

According to data obtained from IMS Health, the number of 0-5 year old children on psychiatric drugs has increased 42% since 2009.  In 2012, there were 1,085,410 children aged 0-5 on psychiatric drugs, which is the highest the number has been in the last decade.

Bipolar disorder is the current, fashionable mental problem. The danger here of being trendy, though, is psychiatrists are prescribing anti-psychotics for this illness when in the past they were prescribed only for schizophrenia – a small minority.

If a patient goes to a doctor complaining of irritability or depression, chances are he will be diagnosed with bipolar disorder and given an unsafe anti-psychotic which causes much worse problems than it supposedly solves.

The strategy in operation has been to expand the diagnosis of serious illness to include as many people as possible in order to sell as many drugs as possible.

National Depression Screening Day coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week. But here’s another important bit of awareness – unfortunately, these screenings most often result in a prescription for a psychotropic drug, whether one needs it or not. Any one of the thousands of manufactured mental disorders from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders can be made to fit any sane person.

The way the psychiatrists decide what to put into this giant manual is by a show of hands – they vote on what they think are the symptoms of each disorder they dream up. That’s something to think about on Mental Health Awareness Week.

There’s a provision in Obamacare which says a psychiatrist doesn’t even have to see a patient to treat him;  he can prescribe drugs at a distance. What is that going to be called – Generic Psychiatry?

But here’s a happy piece of awareness: The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) is a group of mental health professionals, psychiatrists, families and teachers devoted to treating people with mental problems without drugs or the use of force. They are very active in exposing the connection between psychiatric drugs and mass murders.

There’s also groups celebrating this week by creating art. How much more therapeutic can you get?

The best thing to be aware of this Mental Health Awareness Week is that the vast majority of mental patients do not need psychiatric drugs and, indeed, most need not even be classified as mentally ill. We all have problems that can be fixed without being barbaric.

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